Shout Out (1)

Recently, someone wrote to honour me for being a huge influence on her. I have never met her before, but she has read a lot of my articles! I was so moved by her action that I decided to likewise honour as many people as I can, who influenced me positively in the past. This is in harmony with the word of God that says: “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other (Romans 12:10).”

I have therefore dedicated a new category on my blog named Shout Out, to implement my decision. Please, kindly join me to honour the first person today Thank you.

I “FORGET TO TOOK PERMISSION”!

I attended Government College, Ibadan, (GCI); a very prestigious Secondary School in Nigeria! But prior to going there, I spoke very little English.  Meanwhile, English was the official language of the school, and almost everyone there spoke it very well.

In those days, it was the tradition in our school for junior boys to take permission from their seniors before entering rooms that were not theirs. If there was no senior boy around, then junior boys were expected to back off!  One day, in my first year, I entered a room that was not mine without permission! Of course, that was a sacrilege and a major punishable offence, especially as the room was swarming with senior boys at that time!

The following conversation (paraphrased) later ensued between one of the senior boys in the room, and me.

Senior Boy: Adegbulu (i.e. my surname), why did you enter our room without permission?

Me: (I was at that point trembling) Sorry, “I FORGET TO TOOK’ PERMISSION’’!

Immediately, everyone in the room busted out laughing; some rolling on the floor! I am sure they couldn’t believe that a GCI boy could ‘damage’ the Queen’s language as I did. They must have also wondered how on earth someone like me found his way into their school to start with. In any case, the conversation continued as follows:

Senior Boy: (also laughing, but obviously sympathetic) Adegbulu, don’t worry that we are making fun of you! We all make mistakes, don’t we? Next time, say “I FORGOT TO TAKE PERMISSION’’; instead of “I FORGET TO TOOK PERMISSION’’!  Now, go out and do the right thing.

Immediately I went out, properly asked for permission to enter the room, and I was allowed in without any hassle. Can you believe that I was neither punished nor rebuked? Wow, that was awesome!!

My take on the incidence!

The kind Senior Boy gave me the confidence that I badly needed to speak more in English. In the process, I made many mistakes, but, I learnt from them, and moved on. Today, several years after, the story is different, for God has turned my major weakness, into one of my major assets (2 Corinthians 12:9). Hallelujah!

Ladies and gentlemen, please join me to pray for, and give honour to the Senior Boy in question; Taiwo Ty Fatungase; a first-class Aeroplane Pilot; a Captain of substance, and a worthy Soldier of Christ. Thank you my Teur (Teacher). May God continue to bless and lift you up, in Jesus name. Amen.

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr. Stoney) is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies

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All committed Christians are Soldiers, i.e. Soldiers of God, otherwise known as Soldiers of Christ or Soldiers of the Cross. And if we want to be effective and safe in battles, then we must be ready to undergo regular, well-reasoned, and rigorous training programs, which in most cases involves a good measure of hardship. This becomes very crucial because our situation is more precarious than that of our earthly counterparts. While their enemies are largely visible, ours are not! Ours are also very fierce, and ruinous in nature (Ephesians 6:12).

But thank God that we are well armed with very deadly and highly precise weapons to deal with all incursions from our enemies (Corinthians 10:4-5). We can deploy the weapons at any time, however, we need to be properly trained, highly disciplined, and well-motivated like our earthly counterparts to skilfully use them. In that case, a measure of hardship will always be a part of our lives.

As soldiers of God, we should always expect hardships, and be willing to endure them to the end. Apostle Paul encouraged us in this respect (2 Timothy 2:3)! And if we do so successfully, we will receive a crown of life, which is an unbeatable and magnificent reward (Revelation 2:10).

Culled from the book “About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies” by Dr Stoney

Word Of Inspiration {9}

Friends, there are some people near you who are hurting.  Please pick up your phone today, call that lonely neighbour of yours. Help that widow in your neighbourhood who is struggling to stay afloat. Pray for your colleague’s sick child. Go over to that immigrant who is bereaved and shattered. Share in the joy of that young girl who has just passed her examination, and that young man who has just been promoted at work. ETC.

Please do something nice today; let people know that you care for them; that might just be the miracle they are waiting for! Remember that when you make it your business to make people’s miracle possible, God will make it His business to make your miracle possible too (Proverbs 11:25). So, make the move, right now!

 

YOU CAN STILL FINISH WELL!

Usain Bolt, also known as “Lightning Bolt”, is a renowned athlete; a very colourful one! He is the first man to hold both the 100 metres, and 200 metres world records since totally automated time measurements became obligatory in 1977. With his teammates, he also set the world record in the 4×100 metres relay. He is the reigning Olympic champion in these three events! What’s more, he is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field events, and he has been described as “the world’s most marketable and greatest athlete ever”.

With this highly impressive record, one would expect Usain Bolt to always begin, finish, and win all races very well. But that’s not how things usually work out for athletes; sometimes they finish and win races well, sometimes they don’t. On the 28th of August 2011, Usain Bolt was disqualified from the 100 metres final, at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, because he jumped the gun. We can therefore infer that he did not begin or finish that race well.

According to the information that went round afterwards, Usain Bolt became very apprehensive for his ability to ever begin races well again. He was so apprehensive, that his coach had to work extra hard on him, so that he could believe in himself once more. His coach advised him not to concentrate on beginning races well alone, but to concentrate on finishing them well too, since both are very essential for winning laurels. Thank God he listened!

Usain Bolt later performed very well at the 2012 London Olympics Games, where he won gold medals in the 100 metres, 200 metres, and 4×100 meters relay races. Then, he went on to win gold medals in the men’s 100 metres, 200 metres, and 4×100 metres relay races at the 2013 Moscow World Athletics Championships, thus becoming the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the highly rated World Athletics Championships.

The above narrative on Usain Bolt, demonstrates a number of points on beginning, finishing, and winning races. A few of them are:

1. Being a winning athlete with an impressive credential, is not a guarantee that one would always begin, finish, and win all races.

2. A winning athlete is also prone to beginning, and finishing races poorly.

3. Great results await those who listen to wise counsels, make necessary adjustments, push themselves harder, and have faith in their God given talents.

Like Usain Bolt, all Christians are Athletes (Hebrews 12:1-2), and the points enumerated above, are applicable to us as well! Perhaps you have not run your race well in 2014, and as a result, your business is struggling, your finance is in a mess, your salvation is shaky, your ministry is collapsing, or you are not doing fine as a spouse/parent, you are not doing fine as child/student, you are not doing fine as citizen, etc., then I have good news for you; you can still finish very well (Matthew 19:26)!

Friends, I encourage you to rise up today, dust yourself off, wipe away your tears, discard your garment of sadness/self-pity, start believing in your God given talents, re-strategize, seek advice from the right people, and above all, pray to God to help you, and He will (Isaiah 41:10). He will help you finish 2014 very well; and in years to come, He will help you to overcome challenges, conquer new territories, become who He wants you to be, and when your race on earth is over, you will not find it hard to attain Heaven, in Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.

Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies

 

YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE?

A beloved Sister shared this joke with me some time ago, and I have taken the liberty to change it to a conversation format, and give it a title. I will now share it with you for your enjoyment. Happy reading!

A gang of armed robbers invaded a Christian Brother’s house one night. They were high on drugs; loud and unruly. No doubt, they came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). But on entering the house, they met the Brother praying, and they asked him to round up quickly. He eventually did, and the following conversation later ensued between him and the gang leader.

Gang Leader: Mr Man, so you have finally decided to pay attention to us (he was visibly angry!).

Brother: Sorry Sir!

Gang Leader: Do you realize we are armed robbers?

Brother: Ah, I am in trouble, please don’t kill me!

Gang Leader: Shut up! All we want is your money, or your life.

Brother: Sorry Sir, I have neither! I released the last money on me as offering in church last Sunday.  And as regards my life, it is no longer mine, since I gave it to Jesus Christ two weeks ago when I became born again. Please have mercy on me!

The armed robbers busted out laughing on hearing the Brother’s remarks. There and then, their leader said: Gentlemen, this is an unserious comedian; let’s leave him before he infests us with his un-seriousness.

Immediately, they ran out of the Brother’s room, jumped over the fence, and melted into the darkness, still high on drugs, but laughing uncontrollably.

N.B. My take on the joke is embedded in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV). That is:

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it’’.

*Attention please: This joke is only meant to brighten your day; it has nothing to do with religion. Thank you.

Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies